a headland on a small island at the S extremity of South America: belongs to Chile.
Definition for cape horn (2 of 2)
[ hawrn ]
/ hɔrn /
Cape. Cape Horn.
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British Dictionary definitions for cape horn (1 of 3)
/ (hɔːn) /
Cape See Cape Horn
British Dictionary definitions for cape horn (2 of 3)
a rocky headland on an island at the extreme S tip of South America, belonging to Chile. It is notorious for gales and heavy seas; until the building of the Panama Canal it lay on the only sea route between the Atlantic and the PacificAlso called: the Horn
British Dictionary definitions for cape horn (3 of 3)
/ (hɔːn) /
either of a pair of permanent outgrowths on the heads of cattle, antelopes, sheep, etc, consisting of a central bony core covered with layers of keratinRelated adjectives: corneous, keratoid
the outgrowth from the nasal bone of a rhinoceros, consisting of a mass of fused hairs
any hornlike projection or process, such as the eyestalk of a snail
the antler of a deer
- the constituent substance, mainly keratin, of horns, hooves, etc
- (in combination)horn-rimmed spectacles
a container or device made from this substance or an artificial substitutea shoe horn; a drinking horn
an object or part resembling a horn in shape, such as the points at either end of a crescent, the point of an anvil, the pommel of a saddle, or a cornucopia
a primitive musical wind instrument made from the horn of an animal
any musical instrument consisting of a pipe or tube of brass fitted with a mouthpiece, with or without valvesSee hunting horn, French horn, cor anglais
jazz slang any wind instrument
- a device for producing a warning or signalling noise
- (in combination)a foghorn
(usually plural) the hornlike projection attributed to certain devils, deities, etc
(usually plural) the imaginary hornlike parts formerly supposed to appear on the forehead of a cuckold
Also called: horn balance an extension of an aircraft control surface that projects in front of the hinge providing aerodynamic assistance in moving the control
- Also called: acoustic horn, exponential horn a hollow conical device coupled to the diaphragm of a gramophone to control the direction and quality of the sound
- any such device used to spread or focus sound, such as the device attached to an electrical loudspeaker in a public address system
- Also called: horn antenna a microwave aerial, formed by flaring out the end of a waveguide
geology another name for pyramidal peak
a stretch of land or water shaped like a horn
British slang an erection of the penis
Bible a symbol of power, victory, or successin my name shall his horn be exalted
blow one's horn US and Canadian to boast about oneself; bragBrit equivalent: blow one's own trumpet
draw in one's horns or pull in one's horns
- to suppress or control one's feelings, esp of anger, enthusiasm, or passion
- to withdraw a previous statement
- to economize
on the horns of a dilemma
- in a situation involving a choice between two equally unpalatable alternatives
- in an awkward situation
to provide with a horn or horns
to gore or butt with a horn
See also horn in
Derived forms of hornhornless, adjectivehornlike, adjective
Word Origin for horn
Old English; related to Old Norse horn, Gothic haurn, Latin cornu horn
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Medicine definitions for cape horn
[ hôrn ]
One of the hard, usually permanent structures projecting from the head of certain mammals, such as cattle, consisting of a bony core covered with a sheath of keratinous material.
A hard protuberance that is similar to or suggestive of a horn.
The hard, smooth keratinous material forming the outer covering of animal horns.
Any of the major subdivisions of the lateral ventricle in the cerebral hemisphere of the brain: the frontal horn, occipital horn, and temporal horn.cornu
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Science definitions for cape horn
[ hôrn ]
Either of the bony growths projecting from the upper part of the head of certain hoofed mammals, such as cattle, sheep, and goats. The horns of these animals are never shed, and they consist of bone covered by keratin.
A hard growth that looks like a horn, such as an antler or a growth on the head of a giraffe or rhinoceros. Unlike true horns, antlers are shed yearly and have a velvety covering, and the horns of a rhinoceros are made not of bone but of hairy skin fused with keratin.
The hard durable substance that forms the outer covering of true horns. It consists of keratin.
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Idioms and Phrases with cape horn
In addition to the idioms beginning with horn
- horn in on
- horns of a dilemma, on the
- blow one's own horn
- lock horns
- pull in one's horns
- take the bull by the horns
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